Dr Paul Breen, who attended the Labour Party’s annual conference which took place from 24-27 September in Brighton, witnessed a number of interesting discussions regarding the future of Northern Ireland after Brexit.
He wrote: “Brexit dominated discussion in many of the fringe events as a whole at the conference. Consistently, speakers insisted that Brexit must not be allowed to threaten the Good Friday Agreement.”
He added: “The abiding mood of this conference was the positive way that the Labour Party wants to change the conversation around so many issues.
“If there was one sentiment that really came across in this conference, it was that it is possible for Northern Ireland to be a part of the Customs Union in the EU, and the political union of the UK for as long as people want that. That is what's written down in the legal agreement of the Good Friday deal and that, above all else, is what Labour party politicians and ordinary members seem determined to protect.”